The Mendelssohn Club of Kingston performs in and
around the city of Kingston. Each December we present a
standing-room-only concert at the venerable Old Dutch
our current rehearsal site. We have been fortunate to have the award-winning
Kingston High School Choir and Kingston High School Brass Choir perform
with us annually since 1998.
The spring concert is held in late April or
early May at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston.
The club performs in a wide variety of
musical styles, including sacred, classical, spiritual, theater, folk,
popular, and operetta.
The club was founded in 1903 and with the
exception of the war years has presented performances annually. Previous
conductors have included Albert G. Hunter, J. Anthony Hummel, J. Brian Steeves,
and Douglas Goodemote.
As stated in its bylaws,
the club's purpose is "to promote interest in choral group singing...to promote friendship,
sociability, and culture among friends of music...and to lawfully do any and
all things necessary, suitable, and proper, for the accomplishment of these
The club is pleased to be an active member
of the Conductors Club and of the Mohawk-Hudson Male Chorus Association and is
well represented in the Yankee Male Chorus, which performs annually in Vermont
and New Hampshire.
The club presented its 100th anniversary
concert on April 26, 2003, at St. James United Methodist Church. The club was joined by the Kingston High
School Band, Jazz Band, and Choir and the Women's Chorus of the Hudson Valley.
In April 2012, MCK hosted the massed concert sponsored by the
Mohawk-Hudson Male Chorus Association. The
took place at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston. Participating along with MCK were the
Mendelssohn Club of Albany, the Catskill Glee Club, and the Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus.
The club awards an annual scholarship to
assist a college-bound high school student in continuing his or her